(BLACK PR WIRE) -- Shreveport, Louisiana, home to spice and soul, is one of the stops on Black Digital Network's Black City Tour! The two cities of Shreveport and Bossier are separated only by the Red River thus locals generally refer to this vibrant area as Shreveport-Bossier. Often referred to as the gateway to the west, sitting on the border with eastern Texas, this metropolitan area is the perfect combination of South and West, fusing the music, cuisine and traditions of two distinct yet equally fascinating regions of the United States.
The sights and sounds of Shreveport should at once elicit a desire to eat flavorful Southern foods while taking in the live music the city is known for, having fueled the careers of such greats as James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Smokey Robinson, B.B. King, Wilson Pickett and even Elvis Presley. This area boasts an impressive African American heritage with the black population making up half of these two cities' demographic base. From the Antioch Baptist Church founded in 1886 to the Municipal Auditorium where many of the world's most renowned blues and soul singers had their beginnings, African Americans have played a significant role in Shreveport-Bossier's dynamic growth and development.
When in town stop by to visit the Multicultural Center of the South, the Southern Museum of Art boasting more than 2000 pieces of African and African American art, Stephen's African American Museum displaying historical documents, art and memorabilia from the area's rich cultural history, the Theater of Performing Arts (African American Theatre) or the Mega Mural entitled "Once in a Millennium Moon." This is the nation's largest public arts mural covering 25,000 square feet and expressing the history of the people of Shreveport-Bossier in vivid color! Annual celebrations such as the African American Parade & Festival held each February, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration commenced each January or the "Let The Good Times Roll Festival" hosted each Father's Day weekend, draw a lively crowd in solidarity and pride, celebrating African American culture and including music, food and art!
There are so many remarkable cities in this nation, all with their own captivating story to tell. Shreveport-Bossier is a remarkable locale with a rich African American history that has nurtured some of the most famous black Americans of our time, inspiring who they were once and who they ultimately became.